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Cat is having a blood transfusion

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Kirstrya, Jan 5, 2019.


  1. Kirstrya

    Kirstrya PetForums Newbie

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    Hey all. Just looking to pour my heart out a little bit here.

    My 8 month old boy was in the vets in november as he was extremely lethargic, not earing food not pooping. Straight to vets, xrays, fluids, had him home, 2 weeks of meds, right as rain. He wasn't insured at this point, mainly due to him being a new addition. I set this up just after christmas.

    Everything with him seemed fine, was eating by himself, poops all normal, maybe little sluggish. And then this morning he was completely lethargic, not interested in his food, white gums, dilated pupils so i took him straight into the vets. Temps taken shown he was hypothermic, they gave him fluids and x rays and surgery, his intestine had "came in" on itself, they think due to a foreign body. We were very unsure that he was going to make it through the anaethetic as he is so so poorly, but he did it, my little fighter.

    He has now been transferred to the emergency overnight clinic to be monitored. I got a call from them at 1am stating he is still not doing well and very anaemic and weak, a blood transfusion is recommended. I said go ahead and am now waiting to hear how he is getting on.

    The issue is: the insurance is still within the 14 days. Thus far I have used my own savings to pay for everything, bill is now at around £1400, and i can't do much more over.

    I am hoping that my insurance will cover as an accident/emergency situation, also my vet has stated that what's going on now is a separate issue from when he was in previously in November.

    Huge post, but i am insanely worried, had zero sleep, and just want my little fighter to hang in there :'(
     
  2. SuboJvR

    SuboJvR Joey’s Mummy

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    We were in a similar position with Joey as he got Sick within the exclusion period. We couldn’t afford it either and the bill ran up to about £1800 including all his prescription food etc.

    Once I saw his little face when he was recovering and I knew he would be okay, none of that mattered anymore. I transferred the amount to a 0% credit card and I’ve been paying it off ever since slowly but surely. Some vets also offer payment plans in situations like this, or you could even get a small bank loan as paying that back would be relatively low interest.

    I hope your little man will be okay, hopefully the transfusion does the trick for him all fingers and paws crossed!
     
  3. Kirstrya

    Kirstrya PetForums Newbie

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    They've just phoned and he is looking much the same. They want to transfer him to the specialist, who have quoted up to £4000 with everything going on. hes septic and his temperature isn't coming up, on a drop, on highest painkillers and antibiotics as well to help with any infection caused by the surgery.

    About to call the insurance to get an answer once an for all. With them covering up to £2000 and my own savings at £2000, its the only way i'll be able to go forward with my little man. Otherwise, its going to be one horrible grown up decision i need to make :'(
     
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    SuboJvR Joey’s Mummy

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    If he’s septic, it could be quite a tall ask for him to recover :(

    Have you asked the vet what they think the chances of recovery may be?
     
  5. Kirstrya

    Kirstrya PetForums Newbie

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    It really is. And considering how weak he still is, have low glucose levels as well.

    Im thinking i have to choose between, he's fought through so much and still going, so should I?or am i just being selfish, he's been through enough, let him go to rest now.

    my insurance line doesn't open until 9, I'm sure on just going to be a crying shouty mess that gets nowhere
     
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    SuboJvR Joey’s Mummy

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    Well even if you spend it all, his chances are slim I suppose aren’t they :(

    He got through the surgery etc but from your descriptions none of his major signs are improving despite antibiotics, blood transfusions, warming etc. I think I would hope that he may show some sort of improvement by now if he were to recover :(

    I dunno, it’s so hard. I don’t want to lead you into anything so if you can I would talk it through with the vet and ask what they think his chances are...
     
  7. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hi @Kirstrya - I am so sorry to hear of all the worry and heartache you are going through with your little cat, it must be hugely stressful for you. You have my utmost sympathy, it is a horrible dilemma to face, whether to continue with treatment or to let him go.

    Hopefully you have been able to speak to your insurers by now and they have agreed to cover your boy's current illness.

    Please let us know how things are. Thinking of you and sending many good vibes to your dear boy xx
     
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    Kirstrya PetForums Newbie

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    Hey all. Thank you for all your kindness, truly is bringing me to tears again. Unfortunately had to make the hardest decision today to let Lupin be at peace. The insurance would have paid, but only around half of what his treatment was coming to, at £4000. With the condition he was in, in would have went above and betond that, and my little guy had just been through far too much already. I feel absolutely heartbroken, its undescribable.
     
  9. Forester

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    I'm so sorry to hear this news. My heart goes out to you Kirstrya. xx
     
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    I’m so sorry :( x

    Sleep easy Lupin
     
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    I’m so sorry for your loss, but based on your description of his poor health, I do think you probably made the right decision. It doesn’t sound like he had much of a chance.
     
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    I'm so sorry, very sad for such a young boy. Sweet dreams Lupin xx
     
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    SuboJvR Joey’s Mummy

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    So sorry for your loss. I also feel that you made the right decision, your poor boy had a very serious condition which made him very unwell and sparing further pain is the best we can do for our loved pets xx
     
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    Kirstrya PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you everyone. He really did just give me a look that was like, why is this happening, help me mum i made my decision right there. He came to me when i needed him most and was a very special boy. They are all just too good for this world ❤ xx
     
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    I am so sorry @Kirstrya to hear the very sad news that you had you to let your dear Lupin go. It does sound as though he was a very poorly boy, and the prognosis for his recovery may not have been good, and even if you had spent thousands of pounds on vet treatment it may not have saved him..

    It is utterly devastating for you to lose him like this, especially at such a young age, bless him. Thinking of you with much sympathy. x

    R.I.P. beloved Lupin. xx
     
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    Kirstrya PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you so much @chillminx. I only discovered this site last night, sort of in my desperation of looking for any sort of hope, but everytime someone posts something it's so kind and heartfelt, honestly I well up again. I think i will always have doubt's as to whether I could have done more, but I think I did the best thing for my boy.

    Lupin was very poorly, but he knew he was loved, which is what counts.

    K xx
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    I am sure that dear Lupin knew well how much he was loved. x

    Look after yourself Kirstrya x
     
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    That sounds heartbreaking @Kirstrya . I'm so so sorry to read of what you've been through and you have my every sympathy. It sounds like you made the kindest decision possible and like your fur baby was just too sick. Please be gentle with yourself over the coming weeks; allow yourself time to grieve and make sure you take really good care of yourself xxx
     
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    Kirstrya PetForums Newbie

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    Hello Ribbon. Thank you so much for your kind words. Everytime i need to speak about it i feel like ok, i can deal with this and make preparations, i just go again. No idea how i will deal with insurance if it doesn't all go smoothly. They really are a part of our hearts x
     
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